Astroturf a big “no no” for Irons striker

CarrollhairflyingAndy Carroll won’t be risked by new boss Slaven Bilic on the astroturf the Irons will face on their trip to Andorra.

The second leg is set to be played in the national stadium where the artificial surface is not the best.

It is notorious for contributing towards  knee and joint problems and although the Irons are keen to get their record signing back in action, that is a big “no no” at this stage of his recovery from injury..

Gareth Bale dubbed the pitch “by far the worst surface I’ve ever played on ” after Wales had contested a 2016 Euro qualifier on it.

And after a 2-1 win against Andorra, manager Chris Coleman said: “The pitch is not up to the standard of a Euro qualifier. It shouldn’t be played on at our level.”


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7 comments on “Astroturf a big “no no” for Irons striker

  1. Hmm sounds like we’ve found a game Nolaninho,JO’B and Maiga can play in lol

  2. Dont want Maiga injured,he is going to be our new striking sensation.We dont need another striker now he is back,lol

  3. At least Carroll can play in the first leg and score a shed full then play the youngsters in the second leg away, job done then hopefully a nice trip to Malta and more sunshine.


  4. Wise move not playing Carroll over there.I have heard tales of serious injuries due to people getting long hair caught in astroturf.Dont want his gorgeous flowing locks damaged.Hate for him to be out for three months with split ends 😉

  5. Artificial grass in general is no problem, this old version is. I play on in from time to time and is way better than playing on a bad natural grass pitch.

  6. Artificial grass is useless in my experience.I have never got high on it once 😉

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